TRUSTEE ROLE DESCRIPTION – FINANCE
The Global Network for Disaster Reduction is a major international alliance of civil society organisations working to influence and implement disaster risk reduction (DRR) policies and practices around the world. It was officially launched in Geneva during the Global Platform for Disaster Reduction in June 2007, and one of its main activities has been the publication of a biennial report (‘Views from the Frontline’) to assess the progress in achieving the indicators in the 2005 Hyogo Framework for Action based on a wide survey of grassroots opinion and experience. A new global activity programme of DRR research, action and analysis called ‘Action at the Frontline’ has recently also been launched.
The day to day management of the GNDR is carried out by a small secretariat of 9, led by the Executive Director, currently based in Teddington, South West London. It is a registered charity and company under UK law and has 2 Trustees as well as an international advisory Steering Group which meets quarterly and includes global DRR specialists. Board meetings are held in Teddington every 6 months. We are looking for an additional Trustee with finance experience to join the governance of this exciting network.
The Board of Trustees has ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of GNDR, ensuring it is solvent, well-run and delivering its objects, as detailed in the Memorandum and Articles of Association.
- To ensure compliance with the objects, purposes and values of GNDR.
- To approve and ensure implementation of the agreed strategic plan.
- To ensure the solvency, financial strength and good performance of the organisation.
- To advise the Board of Trustees on how to carry out its financial responsibilities
- To chair the Finance and Audit subcommittee
- To oversee management of GNDR financial affairs, including ensuring preparation of annual accounts, reviewing management accounts. Annually agree a programme of work with the organisation’s auditors (if required under regulatory limits).
- To review and oversee GNDR audit framework, external audit systems and ensure that audit checks are carried out in all key areas of the organisation, including but not limited to, financial audit.
- To receive GNDR Financial Statements and discuss any issues arising from the External Auditor’s accompanying report.
- To ensure that the organisation complies with relevant laws, regulations and requirements of the Charity Commission and other relevant regulators.
- To agree a framework of delegation and internal control.
- To agree or ratify all policies and decisions on matters which might create significant risk to the organisation, financial or otherwise. To monitor changes in risk profile for the network
- Be available for ad hoc advice
- Provide peer support for GNDR accountant
Experience of successfully dealing with strategic issues
Experience of overseeing accounting and reporting/auditing processes.
A thorough knowledge of financial management, accounting best practices for UK and compliance with the associated regulation
UK-qualified chartered or management accountant
Sound judgement and ability to think corporately and strategically; ability to handle competing priorities and make informed decisions
Interest in international development and relief, with a focus on disasters.
Experience of working with international accounts.
A good knowledge of relevant general legislation and statutory requirements, including charity law, employment law and/or health and safety law
Experience of overseeing accounting and reporting/auditing process within a voluntary or public sector organisation
Good networker and able to leverage professional networks in support of GNDR objectives when required, in particular for contract development and funding opportunities
SUMMARY CONDITIONS OF APPOINTMENT
The post is not remunerated; i.e. it is a voluntary and unpaid position.
All out-of-pocket expenses will be reimbursed; this will include reimbursement of travel costs to all meetings, mobile or home telephone calls on Trustee business, printing and photocopying costs at home on Trustee business and all other reasonable costs incurred whilst carrying out the duties of being a GNDR Trustee.
Trustees may, at their discretion and without setting any precedent for future activities, choose not to claim expenses if they wish to support the charity in this way.
GNDR will also pay for Trustee indemnity insurance
Terms of Office
The term of office is for 3 years. Trustees may serve additional terms of office, subject to agreement from the Board of Trustees.
Expected Time Commitment
The time commitment for this post is expected to be at approximately 5 days per annum plus preparation time, including attendance at all Board of Trustee meetings (a half day, every 6 months), attendance at Steering Group meetings (1/4 day each, 4 meetings per annum), Chair of finance and audit sub committee (1/4 day each, 4 meetings per annum). Optionally attendance at bi-annual network meeting (2 days plus international travel), at trustee training events (circa 1 day per annum) and other one off events, meetings and planning days as required.
Training and Development
GNDR will provide an induction programme for all new Trustees, as well as an opportunity to meet secretariat staff.